The Boys is so close to getting Season 2's diabolical madness in front of fans' eyeballs, but the superhero dramedy's impending return to Amazon isn't impacting the road to the already confirmed Season 3. In fact, it appears the show has cast its first all-new character for the third season, with Supernatural star Jensen Ackles signing on for the super-est reunion possible with Eric Kripke, who created both The Boys and Ackles' CW drama.
This is fantastic news for anyone wondering what Jensen Ackles would be doing once Supernatural's final season wrapped up. Production on the drama's final episodes got delayed, so there is still more from Ackles' Dean Winchester and Jared Padalecki's Sam on the way. But then after that? He's going to be a superhero...the original superhero. Check out Ackles sharing the news himself below, and without ever saying a word. (It's so Black Noir of him.)
Jensen Ackles is set to take on the role of Soldier Boy, as the music in the above video might have alerted you to. The casting announcement says that this Soldier Boy fought in World War II, and served as the world's first celebrity Supe, which cemented his status as an American icon for years and years. I can already picture Jensen Ackles in whatever red, white and blue costume they fit him into; I'm sure lots of people can, and were already doing it long before this news happened.
The reason why I worded it as "this Soldier Boy" above is because there are multiple Soldier Boys within the canon of The Boys comic book from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. One of which is a bit of a saucy problem for Homelander, but from the way the description puts it, and from what Eric Kripke says below, it does indeed sound like Jensen Ackles will be playing the original WWII vet version of the character. (Unless he isn't, because twists!)
Here's what Eric Kripke had to say in The Boys' casting announcement.
When I was a child, I had a crazy, impossible dream — to provide Jensen Ackles with gainful employment. I’m happy to say that dream has come true. Jensen is an amazing actor, an even better person, smells like warm chocolate chip cookies, and I consider him a brother. As Soldier Boy, the very first Superhero, he’ll bring so much humor, pathos, and danger to the role. I can’t wait to be on set with him again, and bring a bit of Supernatural to The Boys.
It was only recently when The Boys finally revealed another new character heading to cause chaos in Season 2, since only Aya Cash's gender-swapped Stormfront had previously been announced. Fans can look forward to meeting X-Men vet Shawn Ashmore as the mysterious Lamplighter, which will likely make life hellish for both The Seven and The Boys in Season 2.
The Boys Season 2 is set to kick off on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, September 4, at 3:01 a.m. ET, with the first three episodes being released, followed by weekly episode premieres. Be sure to check out our Fall 2020 TV premiere schedule to see what else is coming.